Easy Scented Playdough Recipe and Playdough Play Ideas

Playdough is such a versatile toy. When LittleMan first started playing with playdough, we used store bought.
Bury Marbles in Playdough and Dig Them Out for Finger Strengthening from Suzy Homeschooler
Here he is digging marbles out to strengthen his fingers and hands.

It wasn’t until about a year ago when I stumbled upon a recipe for Kool-Aide scented playdough that I got hooked on the DIY playdough bug.
Kids Art Studio (converted bathroom) from Suzy Homeschooler (8)
Despite trying many recipes, this first recipe I’ve tried is still a family favorite. We try to keep a stock-pile of it at all times for impromptu activities. Like this…
Homemade Playdough Recipe from Suzy Homeschooler (2)
And this..
Homemade Playdough Recipe from Suzy Homeschooler (3)

This recipe is so easy, a child can make it.
Homemade Playdough Recipe from Suzy Homeschooler (1)
You’ll need:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 Tbsp cream of tartar
1 packet of Kool Aide
1 cup water
1 Tbsp veggie oil

Combine ingredients in saucepan, adding oil last, then mix continually over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until a ball starts to form (the dough will start to darken in color, this is normal, don’t worry about it). Remove the ball of dough from the pan and knead until soft. Remember, it was just in a hot pan so this step must be done by an adult, the dough will be too hot for little hands at first.
If stored in an airtight container the dough should keep for 2-3 months. When it starts to get gooey in consistency, toss is out and make a fresh batch.

We’ve used this dough in countless sensory bins
Fruit Sensory Bin from Suzy Homeschooler
theme baths
Shamrock Theme Bath from Suzy Homeschooler (14)
small world play
Tinkerbell Small World Play from Suzy Homeschooler (2)
and even given it as a gift.
Disney Cinderella Sensory Bin from Suzy Homeschooler

If you search Google you’ll find countless lists of fun ways to play with playdough, Pinterest boards dedicated to playdough ideas, and even free printable playdough mats. Playdough mats really are the bee’s knees, just print them out, laminate or slip into a plastic page protector, and let the child create upon it.

I’d love to hear from my readers, how does your family enjoy playing (and learning) with playdough? Do you have a favorite DIY playdough recipe?

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2 Comments to Easy Scented Playdough Recipe and Playdough Play Ideas

  1. So awesome!! Thank you for sharing it at the Kids CoOp. I’ll be featuring this post as part of my Extraordinary Play Dough roundup. xo Pauline

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